Soups

Millie's Cuban Chicken Soup, Adapted

(My adaptation is that I added some measurements. The soup would probably be even more
delicious without any of these!)

1 whole Chicken
Water to cover
1/2-1 tsp. cumin
Salt and pepper
5 bay leaves
1/2 cabbage, cut into two pieces
1-2 heads garlic, peeled, cloves flattened slightly under the side
of a knife blade
1 small onion, peeled and cut in half

Cook these ingredients for about 3 hours in a large pot, or until the
chicken is falling off the bones.

Remove the chicken and the bay leaves, and blend the broth and veggies until smooth.

Amanda's Southwestern-Style Chicken Soup

Amanda Love is a total inspiration http://thebarefootcook.com/ ! And she inspired this soup, which can be infinite varied with different types of veggies, etc. I find that it works best to simmer the chicken in the highly-seasoned brother the day before, and then refrigerate the chicken separately overnight. The next day, you can picked the meat off the carcass and proceed with the recipe without burning your hands.

"Frickin' Tasty" Creamy Vegetable Soup

That's what my boys said when I asked them how they liked this soup...

This recipe is an approximation of a process I often use to make soup: 1. Saute aromatics; 2. Add more veggies, and cook till very tender (it's fine if you only have one type of vegetable, like cauliflower - it will still taste delicious); 3. Add broth, and puree; 4. Add additional steamed, chopped veggies to taste. This makes a really delicious, texturally interesting, infinately variable soup.

This makes a big pot full, which is good so you can eat the leftovers for several lunches in a row.

GAPS Vegetable Soup

This is deeply satisfying and reminds me of minestrone (add some crumbled ground beef along with the onions during the first step, if you like). Feel free to substitute for the vegetables; just make sure you have 8-12 cups

1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup fat (chicken, duck, beef, ghee)
6 garlic cloves, mashed
1/2 cup water

1/2 celeriac
2 medium carrots
1 small head broccoli
1 bunch kale, stems removed
1 medium zucchini
1/2 medium cabbage
About 3 tbsp. dried basil, 1.5 tbsp. dried oregano, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and a pinch of fennel seed

GAPS "Egg Things"

These are kind of like a frittata with no cheese, and the texture is like scrambled eggs (one of the only foods my son will eat). They have nearly everything necessary for a complete meal, and just need to be accompanied by fermented veggies and avocado (if tolerated).

1 quart soup http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gaps-pureed-soup
1 dozen really good quality eggs
~3/4 cup fat (I vary between lard and ghee)

Blend the soup and eggs together, adding salt if necessary.

GAPS Pureed Soup

This is an all-purpose soup that can be varied in infinite ways. This recipe makes approximately 8-12 cups. We don't eat it plain, but make it into "egg things" http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gaps-egg-things, which is essentially a solidified liquid diet for a severely picky GAPS patient.

1/4 cup fat (chicken fat, lard, ghee, coconut oil, or a mixture)
2 onions (and 2 stalks celery, if desired)
6 large garlic cloves

2 lbs. ground beef or chicken parts (no bones)
~2-3 quarts chopped veggies: cabbage, zucchini, etc.
Lots of salt and pepper
herbs (we like lots of oregano)

Information about Making Broth

When I am making broth, I put a bunch of bones and water in an 8- to 16-qt pot with a few tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, and simmer it overnight. I skim the scum off the top, and try to use as many cartiligenous ingredients as possible (duck or chicken feet, knuckle bones, etc.). Good broth gells when it cools, but it's still nutritious if it doesn't gell.

Garlicky Egg Soup

Tastes like dinner at a Chinese Restaurant!

1/4 c. chicken fat, duck fat, or other fat
4 good-sized garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1 quart bone or meat broth http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/information-about-making-broth
1 zucchini or yellow squash, grated
Salt and Pepper

a handful chopped cilantro (a bunch of chopped watercress is delicious, too)
6 beaten eggs

Saute garlic for a few seconds in fat, just until it's fragrant.

Carrot Leek Soup

5 large leeks, cleaned very well (split apart leaves all the way to
the base), and coarsely chopped
~8 cups carrots, washed and cut into large chunks
a potato, chopped or 1/2 cup red lentils
Olive oil
water
salt and pepper

Saute leeks slowly in olive oil (browned leeks are bitter) till
tender. Add carrots, potato or lentils, water to cover, and salt and
pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer (or pressure cook for 1-3
minutes) until vegetables are tender. Puree with immersion blender.

Minestrone Soup

This soup is infinitely variable and adjustable. In fact, the only rule is that you can only make it the same way once.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion
1/2 head green cabbage, cut up small
3 celery stalks or a celeriac
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes

1 potato
2 carrots

28-oz can tomatoes, plus some tomato paste or dried tomatoes
2-4 cups cooked beans
1/4 cup dried basil
2 tbsp. dried oregano
pinch of fennel
2 bay leaves

1/2-1 cup cooked grain, or a handful of uncooked rice or wheat pasta

1 head kale, stemmed, finely chopped

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